Range Wall Before
While the kitchen in their eight-year-old home was satisfactory, it wasn’t going to win any beauty contests—or woo would-be buyers. It was dark, and knots in the wood cabinets were beginning to bleed through the cream-colored glaze. The floor plan had drawbacks, too. Access to the food pantry required walking through the adjacent laundry room, which—oddly—enjoyed prime real estate at the front of the house. When Atlanta kitchen designer Matthew Quinn walked into the kitchen, his first thought was, Where are the windows?
“It was very dark and just didn’t look like the Smiths,” says the designer, who did the couple’s kitchen in a previous house when they were newlyweds. Quinn sized up the space and presented two design options. They could update the kitchen without removing walls or—as Quinn preferred—move the laundry elsewhere, take down the wall dividing the two rooms, and push the kitchen to the front of the house. The latter approach would capture more space, light, and views.
Before: Laundry was inconveniently placed at the front of the house, resulting in space and light issues in the kitchen.